6 Magnificent Book Arches from Around the World
Who doesn’t love a book arch? They are hard to resist—installation art built with our favorite things in the world.
Some might scoff at the lack of practicality or see it as a waste of books, but it’s a form of upcycling, often made using “retired” books that are not fit for selling.
Here are some lovely book arches that caught our eyes (in no particular order, of course).
1. Sandman Book Company in Punta Gorda, Florida
Source: @nicotext via Instagram
The independent, family-owned Sandman Book Company is the largest bookshop in Southwest Florida—that makes sense given the size of their book arch, which they refer to as the #BookBridge. The permanent display was constructed from more than 4,000 retired hardcovers and paperbacks.
2. Le Bal des Ardents in Lyon, France
This picture perfect French bookstore is “dedicated to the defense of unknown authors, independent publishing houses, and themes not popular with traditional bookstores.”
3. The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, California
Source: Jennifer Boyer via Flickr
4. The Book Monument in Amsterdam
Source: Tilmann Meyer-Faje
This one is a bit different, as it was part of an exhibition involving the secondhand store Juttersdok in Amsterdam. Artist Tilmann Meyer-Faje collaborated with Katja van Driel to create The Book Monument, constructed from thousands of old books that were doomed to be thrown away.
5. Book Club Bookstore & More in South Windsor, Connecticut
Source: @hereweeread via Instagram
With pre-owned and new books, beautiful plants, and a towering single-stack book arch, Book Club Bookstore is a winner.
6. Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Source: @anirishmanabroad via Instagram
We’re not sure why Trinity Brewery has such an incredible book arch, but we’re not mad about it. Beer and books make an excellent pair.
7. The Land of Nod Book Shop
We wish this book arch still existed, but alas, it was for The Land of Nod press preview back in Fall 2013. Who else thinks they need to recreate it?
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Do you have any book arches in mind that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments!
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